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BCCI members may propose hike in Indian women’s cricket team’s cash award

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided Rs 50 lakh cash award for Indian team members at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. But several state associations feel that the cash award should be increased.

cricket Updated: Jul 25, 2017 23:27 IST
Indian women’s cricket team finished runner-up at the ICC Women’s World Cup, losing to England in the final.
Indian women’s cricket team finished runner-up at the ICC Women’s World Cup, losing to England in the final.(Action Images via Reuters)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its Special General Meeting (SGM) on Wednesday may propose an increase in cash award of Rs 50 lakh which has been earmarked for each member of the Indian women’s cricket team that finished runners-up at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided Rs 50 lakh for the 15-member team with Rs 25 lakh for the support staff.

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However, a lot of members from the various state units feel that the girls deserve to be paid more for their brilliant effort.

“I will propose that the cash award should be hiked to Rs 60 lakh for the players and Rs 30 lakh for the support staff. The girls have made us proud and they should rewarded adequately. I think no one should have any objection if they are being paid more,” a state unit representative from west zone, said.

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When asked that CoA has already taken a decision, the official reminded that any decision pertaining to finance need to be passed by the general body and there has been precedence that members have hiked the proposed figure of COA.

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“If one can recall after the India vs Australia series, played earlier this year ended, the COA had announced a cash award of Rs 50 lakh for the Indian men’s team. The general body then decided to increase it to Rs 1 crore per player,” the source said.

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Meanwhile, BCCI acting president CK Khanna has expressed his desire to raise the issue of hike in match fees for women cricketers.

“The women cricketers should have a hike in match fees. I will raise the issue at an appropriate forum,” Khanna said.